Full Circle is an African Drumming Educational program that has been taught in schools in Munster since 2006. Our African Drumming workshops for schools have been growing in popularity each year.




Its high success rate with students and adults has encouraged and fostered a love of West African Music, Rhythm and Culture in Primary and Secondary schools in Ireland, opening students to new musical and life experiences. We introduce the basic rhythmic concepts of West African and World percussion to schoolchildren through Drumming, Chanting, Singing, Body Percussion, Call and Response and storytelling.


Using the West African Djembe (pronounced djem – bay) students assemble in the drum circle. This is a safe, facilitated,  non-competitive space where we learn to explore our connection to Rhythm and Sound using a variety of percussion instruments, bells, shakers etc. All the school needs to provide are the seats and the room. We do the rest. We can currently cater for classes of up to 34. Even the most disconnected student will find it hard to resist the powerful urge to be part of a musical ensemble and hit the drum. Drumming is contagious. Everybody even the teachers want to be involved!

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Drumming together is a powerful method of building children’s confidence and self-esteem. Because it’s so much fun beating a drum children learn the magic of:

  • Developing listening skills and focus
  • Teamwork
  • Cooperation not competition
  • Being creative
  • Voice work – through simple call and response songs
  • How to make music together
  • Leadership skills – directing the whole group
  • Making music and having fun


As Irish children, generally have never had any in-depth exposure to African cultures, Drumming can be a way of breaking down barriers at a social level and forming friendships. Drumming can also help to integrate children from different backgrounds and beliefs into a new school environment as drumming can be taught purely visually without words.


Sometimes this Drumming is a tough Business !



When a class first begins to drum together as a group they are all equal in their ability and musical understanding as the drum is totally new to them. Through the process of cooperation and listening to each other, a bonding happens in order to create the overall musical sound. This inclusion extends to all members of the group.  As the African proverb says “ The drum knows no colour”.




Please do not hesitate to contact us for more details about our African Drumming Workshops for Schools. We will work around your school timetable and are available to do one day/half day workshops or teaching on a weekly basis as part of our 8 week program. Each class receives a 45 minute session.


( African Drumming Ireland is covered under public liability insurance)


In these current difficult economic times, our pricing is competitive. Often for a whole day’s drumming with the school, it can work out less than 1 euro per student.


I am also offering this year a Teacher Training Workshop in Percussion, Movement and Song. This can be a once off event or series of classes that give the teacher a foundation in percussion and rhythm. Added to this there is a new course in instrument building for percussion ensembles. How to kit out your school with homemade instruments on a very limited budget. Please see this video for a sample similar to what we do.

Also, view some of the testimonials we have received over the years from our educational work in schools.


African Drumming Ireland, Main Teacher - PatrickPatrick’s musical journey began at the age of 10 when his father gifted him with a Bodhran and Banjo and with encouragement included him in a family musical project which saw them play in hundreds of different venues throughout Ireland in the 1980’s A further stint in his schools classical orchestra playing Snare Drum and Timpani was his first taste of formal education in Percussion.

A return to music in 1996 saw Patrick embrace the West African Djembe and its tradition.” In 1996 in Ireland there were very few players who knew anything about the Djembe really yet there was a lot of energy and enthusiasm about and around it with the whole emergence at the time around world music”. Attending a workshop by Bisi Agun a Nigerian and listening to the likes of Kila and De Jimbe who utilised West African Percussion in their sound saw him collaborating with street percussionists, Community parades, Drum Circles and musicians furthering his enthusiasm for the drum.

In 1999 Patrick travelled to Gambia west Africa where he experienced first-hand the power of African Drumming with lessons in Moussa Camaras compound Banjul and nightly performances by the resident Guinean Percussion group “Fatala” in various venues around Banjul, Gambia. A further foray inland to Pakaliba, Gambia saw him witnessing Traditional Sabar drumming in a traditional Village setting.

In 2004 Patrick travelled again to West Africa, this time Abene ,Cassamance in Southern Senegal where he further enhanced his studies of percussion.
Full Circle Percussion was founded in 2006 by Community-Based Percussionist Patrick Naughton in a response to peoples desire to drum. since 2006 Patrick has worked in numerous 3rd level Colleges, Schools, Art projects and community groups facilitating Percussion workshops as well as teaching a weekly class to Adults and students. His commitment, Passion and enthusiasm for drumming is the vehicle by which he communicates his authentic knowledge of Mandingue Drumming to all age groups. This is always done in a fun, relaxed informal way so that the participants get to experience the full power, atmosphere and feel of West African Drumming creating a lasting memorable experience.